preview of sarum lights: illuminating art by luxmuralis takes place at salisbury cathedral

The popular light and sound spectacular, Sarum Lights: Illuminating Art by Luxmuralis, is now open, charting a stunning journey from Baroque Art and the Protestant-Catholic conflicts of the 16th century through to Art Deco and early 20th century industrialisation and photography on the West Front.

As visitors make their way through the Cloisters, Trinity Chapel and North Nave Aisle they will encounter four centuries of ‘new’ ideas, moving from the concept of moral philosophy, natural science and the first English dictionary, through to the American War of Independence, abolition of slavery to the story of women’s emancipation. Other displays explore the 19th century, including Brunel and the age of steam, early photography and Zoetrope (an early animation device).

In the North Transept a special interactive installation, Starry, Starry Night, which is part of an installation devoted to Impressionism and Post Impressionism, invites visitors to write and share their thoughts on star shaped cards. The installation references Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, painted a year before his death when he was in Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy.

An amazing kaleidoscope of images in the Nave showcases the Pre-Raphaelites (Burne-Jones, Millais, Rossetti and Holman Hunt) and the Impressionists (Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Manet and Renoir) - all titans of their generation seen in a new light.

Sarum Lights: Illuminating Art opens Tuesday 7 November and runs until Saturday 11 November 2023. Tickets are available via the Cathedral website - £10 adult (17+), £6 young person (4-16) and babies/toddlers (0-3) free. The first showing is at 17.30 daily, with new slots available every 15 minutes.

Visitors with access requirements or children aged between 0-3 years, please contact the Cathedral box office to book your tickets. The box office is available on 01722 656 555, by email on, or in person from Monday - Friday between 09:30-16:00.

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